I have been a writer for most of my life and I have always had the feeling that being a writer is the same as being a therapist.
This is a common refrain when I tell people that I’m a writer. So many people have this image of what being a writer is like. “I’m supposed to write a book. I have to sit down and write a story where I’m the main character. I have to sit and stare at a computer all day. I have to write a book. I will be a successful author. I will make tons of money.
The good thing is, writing is not as much about all that stuff as it sounds. It’s more about the story, about how it should be told, and that writing in itself is a way of living your life. For example, the book I wrote about a dog that is ruining my mental health was a lot about the dog. It was about how, in order to maintain my sanity, I needed to keep writing about my dog. In fact, it was about that very dog.
Your dog can come in all sorts of forms, and all sorts of ways. They can be a small dog that just loves to play with you, or a large dog who’s so dominant you have to do whatever he says, or a dog that loves to pee on your shoulder, or a dog that loves to eat your clothes, or a dog that loves to chew on your face.
I’m sure you have your own dog story to tell, whether it’s a rescue dog that got you into trouble, or a stray dog that you just had to have a dog. But they can all be in your life and they all will have a lot to do with your mental health. Because when you’re depressed, your dog is also depressed. And when you’re depressed, your dog is depressed. When you’re depressed, your dog is depressed.
The human species is a lot like a dog when it comes to mental health. A lot of dogs suffer from depression. While many are just misdiagnosed, and most are treated with psychiatric drugs that make them feel better, a percentage of dogs suffer from mental problems. Dogs don’t have the same problems that we do, and they can be treated with the same meds that we can, which is why they’re often referred to as canine super-healers.
I was just thinking about that last week because I saw this dog in the local animal shelter. He’s an Irish Setter mix and I’m pretty sure he’s about to turn 10. He’s cute, but he’s obviously depressed. He’s a big, lovable dog, but he’s been treated very poorly by his owners. I bet a lot of people would be devastated if they had a dog come along that, like, really, really didn’t like them.
Yeah, it would be pretty sad. It would be like, “Oh, you just had a big fight, and your mom finally broke her heart, and she left you and now you need to be medicated.
Well, imagine if you had that same kind of situation with your dog. You’d be out of your mind, you’d probably be in trouble, and you’d probably have to get him put down.
When it comes to mental health problems, dog owners tend to have a lot more problems than people who aren’t. For one thing, there are a few things that dogs can be addicted to, such as certain kinds of food, certain kinds of drugs, and certain kinds of things like cleaning up after themselves, which are all things that people can get hooked on too. In the mental health field, dog owners are often treated much more aggressively than people who aren’t.